Help Cultural News by your donation to spread Japanese culture

Building local and national networks helps grow Japanese culture in Los Angeles

Shige Higashi

Editor & Publisher of Cultural News
President, Cultural News Association

September, 2021

If we don’t have sushi, anime, taiko, judo, kendo, karate, ikebana, bonsai, odori, shamisen, shakuhachi, ukiyo-e prints, Japanese gardens, koi ponds, and tanabata in Los Angeles, our lives would be quite different.

Maintaining one particular culture over the long term could not happen by accident. Fortunately, the current Japanese culture has been transmitted over generations for more than one thousand years in Japan. The seeds of Japanese culture in the U.S. were planted more than 100 years ago by the Issei generation of Japanese Americans.

More than 20 years ago, when I started recording Japanese cultural events on tabloid newspaper, Cultural News came into being.

The goals of Cultural News are to build local networks of Japanese cultural activities in Southern California, and coordinate between Los Angeles groups and those in other regions of the U.S.

Following the nationwide lockdown by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, our mission became more serious as “Keep Japanese Culture Alive” throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We published the monthly Cultural News from July 1998 through March 2020. We had to stop the monthly editions of Cultural News following the nationwide lockdown of many activities including cultural events.

To “Keep Cultural News Alive,” we changed the publishing format from a monthly paper to a weekly PDF format in June 2020. This change saves a lot of expenses and provides Cultural News a path toward sustainability in the coming decade.

We ask the public to help raise the amount of $30,000 annually to “Keep Cultural News Alive” and “Keep Japanese Culture Alive.”

Mission and goals:

  • Promoting Japanese art and culture in southern California and beyond the immediate region
  • Creating a legacy of Japanese art and culture for succeeding generations in Southern California

Publishing Project:

  • Promoting Japanese cultural events by publishing Weekly Cultural News in PDF format

Public Projects

Online Lecture Project

The Cultural News Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
Employer Identification Number: 83-3101601

Your support and donation to the Cultural News Association are tax deductible.

Payable to: Cultural News Association
Send to: Cultural News Association
328 ¼ South Alexandria Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020-2673

In regard to sending your donation via PayPal and additional information, please contact:
Shige Higashi
(213) 819-4100.